Guacamole – 5 Ways (Think Super Bowl!!!)

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on January 26, 2011

The Super Bowl is just around the corner!  And there’s one thing that is always, without fail, sitting on the counter during the Super Bowl game at our house.

As far as I’m concerned, there are a few ingredients that have to be mixed into a homemade guacamole.

Must be.

There are no ifs, ands or buts about these.

Here goes…freshly crushed garlic cloves, fresh chopped cilantro leaves, lemon or lime juice, ground cumin and some salt and pepper. (And the avocados, of course!)

The rest is just optional.

This new “5 Ways” series on $5 Dinners is to help you with the optional part.

  • Tomato, seeded and diced – either fresh or roasted - for some balanced delicious-ness.
  • Sour cream – for a little creamy-ness and tangy-ness.
  • Red and/or green pepper, seeded and diced – for some crunch and colorful-ness.
  • Jalapeno, seeded and chopped – for some spicy-ness.
  • Red onion, chopped - for some zesty crunchy-ness.

Mix and Match for your taste bud’s pleasure!

Then enjoy with some tortilla chips, crackers, veggie crudites.

Or just eat it straight out of the bowl.  There’s no shame in that! (At least that’s what I tell myself.  I have very little self-control when there is a bowl of guacamole around.)

And if you’ve never purchased an avocado before…never fear! How to Choose and Cut an Avocado.

So do tell – how do you do your guacamole?!  What are your favorite additions!?

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jen January 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I make mine the same way you– garlic, cumin, cilantro, lime and salt. Nothing else. No optional add-ins. Yum.

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Andrea January 26, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Around here it’s garlic, onion powder, lime, salt, plain greek yogurt (for a sneaky dose of extra protein and to add that smoothness), and cumin. If we have fresh tomatoes and onions we’ll chop those up, too.

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Melinda @ Trailing After God January 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Guacamole is my favorite thing in the whole entire world. Seriously, I could survive for life on avocados! I sometimes use sour cream to make it go further. Garlic salt is essential. I do not like tomatoes or onions in it. Just mashed avocado and garlic salt is divine. Although, I just had a thought. Real bacon bits in it. Now that’d be fab! Oh now I wish I had avocados. Craving!

Blessings,
Mel
Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

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Colleen January 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Never fail, too easy guac – avocados, a tablespoon of Miracle Whip, a shake of bottled salsa, bit of garlic, squeeze of lime, cilantro and yes, ground cumin and/or chipotle. Very smooth and a bit creamy.

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Tricia January 26, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Oh I adore guac!

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Dennis January 26, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Roasted garlic, crunchy bacon, avocado, green onion, salt, lemon juice, and black pepper. That’s it. Oh, and we only eat our guac with salty potato chips. BOOSH!

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Michelle Smiles January 28, 2011 at 10:13 am

Mmmm…love Guacamole. Love. Garlic, salt, lime, cumin, cilantro, onion, tomato, a little squeeze of fresh orange juice and my secret ingredient…a slice or 2 of bacon crumbled. Drooling!

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Cari C. January 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

Try mixing in cream cheese instead of sour cream for a thick veggie dip. Even less fat is that neufatchel cheese (which I obviously can’t spell!) but you won’t miss the fat b/c of the yummy fats in the avocado.
My fave guac is the one from Rachel Ray that has crispy bacon, chopped tomatoes & shredded lettuce on top – just like a BLT!!!!!

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Vincent January 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm

I like to squeeze juice from a navel orange in place of the lime or lemon. I actually first had this while eating at a great place in Austin. I believe the restaurant was called the iron cactus. Anyway, with my quac, I usually use 5 avacados (that many comes in a bag from box store for $5) large diced tomato, a couple finely chopped jalapenos, some chopped red onion and my seasoning mix. This mix is always in our pantry and consists of equal parts, granulated garlic, white pepper and salt. I season the quac with the seasoning mix to taste. I will have to try adding some cumin after seeing on a few other posts here.

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annieology February 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I only recently learned of guac (outside the prepackaged stuff) life changing is what it was. I make mine with chopped onions and anaheim peppers. So yum! I’m going to try adding cumin. Should be interesting.

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